Loved by the locals: Auckland

Spread over 4000km of designated marine park, the glistening waters of the Hauraki Gulf reach from the shores of Auckland...


Auckland Sky Tower and the illuminated light path bicycle lane beside the highway. © Mlenny 
Regal Residency Visit website

Welcome to Regal Residency Auckland. Located in the east of city, having some of the best views across the Auckland Harbour and just off the . . . More . . . 

Matakana Village Visit website

In 2002 locals Richard and Christine Didsbury purchased the old Matakana timber yard, with a vision to transform the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rural service spot into a . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Kawau: an island apart

Locals describe living on Kawau Island as ‘quiet.' It’s not surprising; there are no proper roads and no shops, not even a dairy. Read the story . . . 

4.9 /5
Mercer Backpackers Visit website

Historic Mercer Hotel Backpackers is at Mercer Airport on Koheroa Rd between SH 1 at Mercer and SH 2 at Mangatawhiri. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna

A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in the warm sea. Read the story . . . 

3.1 /5
Knightsbridge Motor Lodge Visit website

34 modern ground-floor units. Walking distance to MIT, 15 minutes to the airport. Close to Hunters Plaza Shopping Centre and swimming pools. . . . More . . . 

3.7 /5
Budget Travellers Inn Visit website

Ideally located close to Auckland Airport and 1.5km to Rainbow's End Theme Park, Manukau Shopping Centre, restaurants, cinemas, tenpin bowling, greyhound racing and more. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

It’s as if a chunk of Coromandel Peninsula floated off to the north. There’s the surf beach side and the quieter bay side, like Coromandel, with the steep choppy spine in between. Read the story . . . 

4.2 /5
Airport Manor Inn Visit website

3 minutes from airport, within walking distance of many restaurants, near main road leading to inner city centre. 20 quality and fully equipped units with . . . More . . . 

Takapuna Beach Holiday Park Visit website

A small park in a superb location on Takapuna Beach. Excellent swimming, fishing and yachting. Boat ramp. Central to shopping, restaurants, theatre, close to sports . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Urban explorer: Point Chevalier

If you’re partial to a peninsula and you like your city settlements on the quirky side, the trio of suburbs near central Auckland’s inner harbour is well worth exploring.  Read the story . . . 

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